Talking About Ecuador’s Political Prisoners: An Interview With Marcela Aguiñaga

Joe Emersberger In October, eight protesters were killed during eleven days of demonstrations against a decree by Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno to eliminate fuel subsidies in order to comply with a structural adjustment loan he signed with the IMF. Other articles and interviews on Counterpunch have discussed how Moreno ditched his left wing campaign platform…

Lula: I Will Not Trade My Dignity for My Freedom

Zoe PC Former Brazilian president Lula during interview granted from prison to news site GGN in September / Ricardo Stuckert Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wrote in a letter that he will only leave his current situation of incarceration if his full innocence is recognized. This declaration came after the Operation Car…

Lula, Beyond Politics

Lu Sudré On the day he turned himself in to the police, a huge crowd gathered outside the Metal Workers’ Union building in São Bernardo do Campo / Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula Unable to contact the outside world for almost one year, forced into silence in the Federal Police headquarters in Curitiba, Luiz Inácio Lula da…

Argentina: Social Leader Milagro Sala, Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison

The defense of the Argentine social leader stated that they will present an appeal against the sentence against Sala and, if necessary, they will reach international courts. The Argentine Criminal Court 3 in the province of Jujuy (north) condemned social leader Milagro Sala to 13 years in prison on Monday in relation to the case…

Milagro Sala to Run for Governor of Jujuy in 2019

Activist and Indigenous leader Milagro Sala, now in detention, has announced she will run in the 2019 regional elections for governor of Jujuy province, northern Argentina. “I have the intention of competing against Gerardo Morales in the elections,” said Sala during a radio interview on Thursday. Sala said she wants to improve the living conditions…

222 Days After Political Imprisonment, Lula Speaks

Brian Mier With Bolsonaro’s new Justice Minister Sergio Moro claiming he was on vacation, Lula testified to a substitute judge in Curitiba on charges involving an allegedly illegal kitchen remodeling which took place after he left public office in a house that the courts do not claim he ever owned, located in a state outside…

Brazil: Army Chief Admits Threatening Supreme Court to Jail Lula

Editorial Comment:  It is clear that under the current regime, there is no security. Any political or ideological opponent is at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention. Brian Mier On April 3, on the eve of the judgment which resulted in the arrest of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his subsequent removal…

‘Lawfare’ On Lula: The Sergio Moro Effect

teleSUR’s exclusive interview with Valeska Martins of Lula’s defense team, asks what repercussions could arise from Sergio Moro as Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister. Brazil is living in political turmoil with a new scandal rising. On Nov. 1, far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed Judge Sergio Moro as his justice minister. This Saturday marks the 218th day since…

A Break from Double Speak – Trump Tells It Like It Is

Gerald A. Perreira Internationalist 360° US-Saudi destruction of Yemen President Donald Trump’s comments regarding the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, aptly reflect the true nature of the power brokers that he represents. Instead of the usual ‘Empire-speak’ statements, hypocritically condemning Khashoggi’s murder, followed by a pep talk on the values of ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom…